Polihale Beach State Park

5 stars from 6 reviews
Address Dirt road at end of Rte 50, Kekaha, HI 96752
One of Hawaii's longest, widest beaches. Long, bumpy journey to reach it.

Features
• Facilities: Bathrooms • Facilities: Camping
• Facilities: Picnic Tables • Facilities: Showers
• Type: Shady • Sand Type: Regular
• Parking: Good / Plenty • Good For: Fishing
• Good For: Sunsets

Matt Anderson's Take
Polihale Beach State Park is as far north as you can go in a car on Kauai's west coast. Of course, even getting here in a car is no easy task. While you can drive here in a normal car, we couldn't advise anything less than a four wheel drive vehicle. The road to get here is very long, all dirt, super bumpy, and filled with rental-car-eating craters. If the road is muddy, just turn around as you won't stand a chance.


It tooks us 30 minutes to travel the 5 mile dirt road to get here and just as long to go back when we left. Keep in mind that you do NOT want to be stranded out here as we had no cell signal at all once we got a bit down the dirt road. Bring water and snacks and make sure your spare tire is good-to-go. Roads like this are the reason you never purchase rental cars when you see them for sale!


So why would anyone go here? Solitude. It's an enormous beach with tons of places where you are likely to be the only one around. It's a great place for camping and popular with locals for that reason. There are bathroom and showers here but things are not well maintained and not pretty.


The endless sandy beach is amazing to see and the ocean and mountain views are epic. If it was easier to get to I'd recommend you come and take a look. Of course, if it was easier to get to then it would be filled with people and lose some of the magic. If you enjoy an adventure and have the vehicle to get here, then this is your beach. Just remember, no cell phone service and no lifeguards means you're completely on your own out here.
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Denise n
Joined: Jul 2016
Reviews: 23
Likes Received: 2
Long, bumpy ride to get there but a beautiful beach with hardly anyone on it. Good view of Napali coast but not as good as the view from Ke'e Beach though.
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Matt A
Joined: Feb 2013
Reviews: 790
Likes Received: 106
This is truly an amazing place to experience. I wouldn't suggest it in a rental car, but if you've rented something like a Jeep or other 4x4 capable SUV and don't mind bouncing around then it's a fun place to go.

Just being at such a remote place like this is an incredible experience. It's like living Lost or Gilligan's Island. Feels like the sandy beach just goes on for endless miles. The flip side is that you're very isolated out here and if you run into trouble then you're only hope is if somebody is camping around here. Of course, you also sometimes get the feeling that if you ran into trouble it may be because of one of the campers out here!
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Lori S
Joined: Sep 2016
Reviews: 6
Likes Received: 1
The bumpy ride is well worth the view that awaits you when you get to your destination. The white sand beach and that beautiful rugged coastline of Na Pali simply takes your breath away. One of the most beautiful beaches on the island and a must see for anyone visiting the island of Kauai. By far one of my favorites on the island.
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Sue K
Joined: Mar 2016
Reviews: 196
Likes Received: 9
I have very fond memories of spending a night camping on this beautiful beach. My friends and I took lots of supplies, pitched our tents (you need a permit) and spent a wonderful evening enjoying the peace and gazing out at the ocean. The night was full of stars and I stayed up late watching comets flash across the sky. Sure, it was a bit of an effort to get to, but SO worth it!
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Tom T
Joined: Sep 2013
Reviews: 579
Likes Received: 33
This is a GRAND beach on epic proportions. A huge expanse of beach that takes forever to drive down a dusty road to visit, but it is impressive. The spectacular pali mountains are the backdrop to this beautiful stretch of coast. I wouldn't really want to swim here since it's exposed and subject to scary currents. If you can camp, the stars are sparkle with clarity since you're so far away from the lights of civilization. This is magnificent Kauai, with fairly simple access (It's a long drive, but you don't have to hike a trail) to appreciate.

However, if you head out here to take a quick picture and jolt back out, I think it's not worth it. You came to Hawaii to enjoy its natural beauty - the dry side of Kauai is equally spectacular, yet different from the Hanalei side - take some time to enjoy it all.
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rachel m
Joined: Aug 2014
Reviews: 229
Likes Received: 19
I just want to put out there... be CAREFUL! Once you drive on the (very long) dirt road you get to the area where you can pull off and go to the beach. Make sure you watch where you drive, the sand looks very deceiving. It is packed and a great road one moment and gets so deep that your car is stuck the next. So if you do not have a 4x4 stay on the road and be careful if you pull off on any side roads to access the beach. There is no cell service out here. The beach is gorgeous, though, and totally worth the drive, but just be aware.
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